Built to house my gaming needs until I can afford an worthwhile upgrade, this AMD/Nvidia build was scrapped together through cheap deals, trades, and gifts.
No longer in operation; look for my next (full) build!
Methods of Aquisition
- CPU: Traded a previous-generation Haswell processor for this. He receives more consistent performance on the Intel processor but that's about the only difference, in terms of speed.
- CPU Cooler: Unknown manufacturer, original fan was used in a friend's build.
- Motherboard: Received with the processor - really nice friend.
- RAM: Taken from a pre-built desktop that was previously used as a LAN-only server until it was decommissioned.
- HDD: Taken from a laptop until I can buy another 500 GB, or greater, drive.
- GPU: Purchased from a friend's step-brother who bought a 980 Ti and had no use for this GPU.
- Case: Gifted by a friend who bought a full-sized case.
- PSU: Traded an old computer for this and some other parts that I'll be using in future builds.
- WLAN Adapter: Purchase refurbished on Newegg, $9.99 for Version 3.0 of the hardware.
- Case Fans: All gifted or received with cases.
- Keyboard: My dad bought this for me around Christmas.
- Mouse: Traded hard drives for this. Brand new mouse for 4 year old HDDs (that have no near-future S.M.A.R.T. indication of failing).
- Headset: Gifted by my brother, who no longer has a use for them.
Performance (CPU Thermals/Speed)
- Prime95: 40C max.
- GTA V: 60 FPS Vsync On, 1080p with the settings on Very High. 28 C max.
- Fallout 4: 60 FPS Vsync On, 1080p with the settings on High. 24 C max.
- PSU load can be fairly high, but never surpasses the maximum wattage.
- HDD is not mounted in 2.5" drive bay - had to find the original mount.
- Low temperatures, but YMMV. Good airflow + BIOS tweaking is the key to low temperatures I guess.
- AMD's temperatures don't correlate to Intel's.
The age old Intel vs AMD: who cares? Both are fast. Buy according to your budget; this CPU is great and overclocks amazingly - just be sure to have a good motherboard and power supply. (EDIT) Just go for anything 6th gen Intel / 7th gen AMD or above at this point, if you're still reading this.
Nice motherboard, the BIOS feels a tiny bit sluggish compared to some other motherboards - it still responds well though. Lack of fan headers, can only control CPU fan and the first system fan. Solidly built.
Basic RAM, and it's Samsung. Can't ask for more.
Low cache, but decent for what it is. A small HDD.
Amazing GPU; 4 GB VRAM, and it processes data faster than I thought it would. Not a fancy 900-series one but still very powerful.
Great case to build in, lack of USB 3.0 is an immediate con - not enough to skip buying this case if it goes on sale. Great cable management.
Tier 2 PSU, lower wattage than you would expect to be available - great for builds that need efficiency and don't want 1000W extra. Nice and flat cables, other than the ATX power being thick.
Wireless Network Adapter
Stable performance and a nice look. Cheap as well.
Basic fan, works.
Loud at max. Efficient as intake or exhaust.
Came with nice long screws for mounting as an intake.
Moves air, lights up. One is less silent than when originally received, but it's been a few years.
Adds a little flare to the case. Came with two sets of screws: rubber and aluminum.
Moves air. Not loud. I'd say that makes this pretty effective.
Thin keys, very few wireless interruptions. Works well and cleans my area up.
A bit heavy after installing the weights. Lights up, DPI switches, lockable mouse wheel, and a sleeved cable. It's great.
Haven't tested wireless, but it works well wired. Downside is the ear cups can hurt your ears after taking it off.